among friends

     Yesterday, in a group of friends, somebody said, “I’m ashamed to give you an update on my life, but I’m going to do it anyway.” She did. Nobody squirmed or spoke. We just sat there. She smiled a relieved smile. She said, “I guess it wasn’t so shameful after all.”

     It wasn’t. Nothing she had said was shameful, but she didn’t know that until she said it out loud among friends.

“You see this sort of thing at the center of every great story. Dorothy takes her journey with the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion, and of course, Toto. . . . When Captain John Miller is sent deep behind enemy lines to save Private Ryan, he goes in with a squad of men. . . . This is written so deeply on our hearts: You must not go alone.” John Eldredge

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12